How can anemia affect the skin?

Sep 07, 2022

Dr Rati Parwani

How can anemia affect the skin?

Rosy cheeks, pink lips, and glowing eyes are signs of beautiful skin. This reminds us of a newborn baby? Yes, you too can have lovely rosy cheeks with glowing skin. Beautiful skin is now possible and very much within it. If you are tackling dull and pale skin, this is a must-read for you. This can be an eye-opener for all beautiful ladies. Yes, for beautiful skin, we need to check our hemoglobin levels. It is nothing but iron levels. Dark circles, dull skin, and paleness are all features of anemia. Let us check out how a lack of iron can cause anemia. 

What is anemia? 

Anemia is a blood condition that occurs due to low hemoglobin levels or low iron levels. Anemia may also occur at low oxygen levels in all the tissues of the body which may result in weakness and tiredness. Anemia occurs when the blood count is lower than normal. 

How can anemia be checked? 

Anemia can be checked and diagnosed easily with a simple test which is known as “Complete Blood Count.” It is important to check Hemoglobin levels to be under the normal range which is 12- 14 gms/dl. 

Why are iron levels important for women? 

Every woman is unique but all women carry the same feminine features which they are blessed with. Beautiful and delicate facial aesthetics, feminine physique, sensitivity, strong willpower, and sweet voice are some of the well-known features of being a woman. This is all thanks to female hormones. 

Today, we are going to talk about one such feminine feature called “menses” or “periods” every normal month. Some women may experience excessive flow or may be prolonged flow of menses. This may cause the hemoglobin levels to dip below normal. This may affect the iron or serum ferritin levels as well. So, every woman should get their Hb (hemoglobin) levels or iron levels checked regularly. 

Why does anemia affect the skin? 

Any nutritional deficiency will affect the body. In chronic iron deficiency, you may develop skin issues. Remember, skin and hair are the last to show any signs of deficiency in the body. This makes it more prone to the signs and symptoms of anemia. 

Signs and symptoms of anemia on the skin 

Do you ever experience dullness, tiredness, and low energy levels on the face? Well, there are higher chances that you may have low iron levels and not even know about it. In such case, this may cause signs and symptoms of your skin which are as follows- 

  • Pale skin
  • Dull skin
  • Tiredness of skin
  • Sagging skin
  • Aging skin
  • Skin prone to fine lines
  • Itchy skin
  • Soreness of skin
  • Yellowish skin
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Age spots and sun spots
  • Blemishes on skin
  • Acne on skin
  • Acne scars
  • Dehydrated skin 

Well, it does not stop here. Iron deficiency anemia may bring about many skin issues which need to be corrected. This should not be neglected. Neglecting anemia can affect your mental and physical overall well-being. 

So, if you are looking for that natural blush and flushed face, read further on with the next part of the blog which provides natural tips for healthy glowing blush on your cheeks. 

What should I do to improve iron levels? 

A healthy glowing blush provides a natural glow on the face. Did you ever try exercising or running and felt those rosy cheeks? Well, that's the natural glow we are talking about with a rush of blood and oxygen to the facial skin. Here are some tips and tricks which can bring about a change in your skin. 

  1. Eat a healthy iron-rich diet
  2. Consume a beetroot and spinach smoothie
  3. Facial yoga is helpful
  4. Face exercises can work wonders
  5. Zumba session with aerobics training
  6. Hit the gym and sweat it out
  7. Cardio and brisk walking is great for skin
  8. Yoga asanas with the inversion method are great
  9. Scalp massage
  10. Facial massage roller and oil 

So, throw off those cheek tints and get started with a natural blush. This will have a dual effect. It will not only improve your skin but also your mind and body. A healthy, happy mind and body give beautiful skin. Start this now to achieve loads of compliments like never before.

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